Josh Ritchie, Sun Sentinel
November 16, 2011
Third place: Kimberly Zeidner, Boca Raton
The recipe: Pear streusel cheesecake
Why it won third place: Unlike other cheesecakes, this one features several different textures and flavors: short bread crust, gently cooked sliced pears, creamy sweetened cream cheese and streusel topping.
Baker bio: Zeidner, 27, is the go-to person among her family, friends and co-workers for home-baked sweets. "A woman that I work with said I should enter this contest, she says. "So I did and here I am." She's particularly adept at cheesecake and once entered this recipe in a Philadelphia Cream Cheese contest. She didn't win. Until now.